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Which onions to use and how to cook them for an Indian curry recipe that specifies “fry until deep pink”?

One of the curry recipes in the book "50 great curries of India" says "Heat the oil in a cooking pot and fry the onions until deep pink." I think I know what it means when a recipe says "until deep ...
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using medium chilli powder instead of kashmiri chillis, what ratio should be used?

I have a recipe for making a madras, and it suggests substituting chilli powder for the chilli's, but doesn't suggest how. Wondering of anyone can give me a pointer as to what ratio to use?
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What type of yoghurt should I use for making curry?

I've seen a lot of recipes specifying "yoghurt" when making an indian-style curry, but very rarely do they specify what type. The problem is compounded for me in that I live in a country where I ...
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What was Indian food like before the arrival of the chilli from South America?

One of the things associated with Indian cuisine is heat from chillis. Yet chillis can only have been introduced to Asia from their S American homeland after the Spanish conquests of the 1500s. So ...
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Vegetable similar to ivy gourd?

I'm looking for the English name for a vegetable / fruit that looks like an Ivy Gourd. The taste is similar as well, but the texture is gritty. The Gujarati pronunciation is puhr-ver, but I have no ...
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Need help identifying 2 ingredients in homemade chicken biryani

I am very fortunate to work in an office where I am one of about 3 caucasians for around 100 people originating from Asia. Yesterday, we had a pot luck, and one of the dishes was a fantastic chicken ...
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Alternative to Fenugreek in curry?

Is there an alternative to dried Fenugreek in curry? Is it required?
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Chili ended up tasting like indian food

So I am making some chili for a work contest, and I decided to use a new recipe/approach for some reason. It was largely based on the food lab's chili. ...
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How do I make paneer firm and chewy like in the restaurant?

Recently I've taken a liking to Indian cuisine and am trying to replicate the curry experience at home. The biggest problem I'm having is with the paneer cheese, which is used in curries I like the ...
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How to ferment dosa batter?

I have never been successful in fermenting dosa batter properly in the US. I generally soak urad dal, rice and fenugreek seeds for a few hours and grind them together. Even if I leave the batter in ...
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Using kalpasi (which is also known as Black Stone Flower) in a biriyani?

Can we ground kalpasi (also known as Black stone flower) be added to a masala for marinating chicken/mutton for making Hyderabadi Biriyani? Will it taste really good; does this spice add good ...
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Are there any differences in large or small pieces of root ginger?

I find the bigger ones easier to peel, but I've heard that, for example, in potatoes all the vitamins are just below the skin, so I wonder if by a similar effect, smaller rhizomes of root ginger would ...
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Deep freezing paneer (cottage cheese)?

I have a packet of cottage cheese ( paneer ) and it advises me not to deep freeze it? I cant understand why. Any help? I had it deep frozen right from the time I bought it. It is also 3 days past its ...
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Does paneer have to be cooked?

I want to just toss it into some indian food I have. Does it need to be cooked first or is it ok if it just warms up a bit when I throw it in the sauce?
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What is a Bamboo shoot called in Hindi?

I haven't seen these things in the markets here. How do I ask for them in the local market?
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Does toasting and grinding whole spice really improve curry flavor?

It seems to be common knowledge that "toasting is better" when it comes to spices. But the other day I noticed my toasted-and-freshly-ground coriander smelled pretty weak, and I ended up boosting the ...
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What is the way to make golgappe/pani puri at home?

This is what I am talking about: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panipuri I want to know what is the way to make the puris that fluffy and that crispy such that they remain fluffy and crispy forever. ...
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fluffiness of medu vada without baking soda

How do we keep the medu vada batter fluffy without adding baking soda? I would like to use it less, hence trying to find a substitute for the ingredient, or better if the technique for cooking medu ...
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Special coffee served in Malaysia (or India)

When I was in Malaysia an Indian friend offer to me a coffee, It tasted really nice and kinda unique. I'm not sure if that coffee was unique from Malaysia or recipe from India. The store where I got ...
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Why are Parathas smeared with fat/oil within layers?

The difference between plain roti and plain parathas is that parathas have oil in between their layers, and roti's don't. Even after we put oil in the layers we still smear the front and back sides ...
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Cookbook on Odisha cuisine

Do there exist cookbooks, possibly in English, about food from the state of Odisha, India -- preferably written by an author from that region?
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Is there any way that we can harden US store bought Cottage Cheese to make Indian Paneer?

So today I got a box of Daily Chef Cottage Cheese unaware that it will have lumps of cheese flowing in gooey liquid. What I wanted to make was Indian Paneer Curry! Is there any way I can harden it by ...
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Remedy for Dry Chicken Yakhni pulao ?

My question is that today I prepared Chicken Yakhni Pulao,it tasted good but it is very dry, i mean the youghurt and the masala got absorbed in the rice very much. And i have made lots of it, it is ...
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Why is the chicken in Indian food so tender?

I used to go to an Indian restaurant that had the most tender chicken I've ever had. In general, it seems like Indian curries have very tender chicken. Could somebody explain if there is a secret? Is ...
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Where can I Buy Kaima or Jeerakasala Rice?

I'm trying to prepare an Indian Biriyani dish, and it calls for Kaima rice, also known as Jeerakasala. I understand that there are alternatives, like Basmati, but I really would love to try this ...
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Fresh vs Canned tomatoes in Indian cooking

How does fresh and canned tomatoes compare in indian cooking? I usually see recipes call for pureed or finely chopped tomatoes, which are added after the initial stage of frying the spices and ...
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Are my dried moong dal beans bad?

I have some moong dal that I bought at an Indian market a few months ago. I've stored them in a sealed tupperware container. When I opened them today (to make them for dinner tonight), they smell ...
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Why rinse basmati rice?

Every Indian recipe I see seems to insist on rinsing basmati rice before cooking it. Why, I have no idea, because I never rinse it, yet I can discern no difference between my rice and rice cooked by ...
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What oils are suitable for Indian cooking (i.e. extended frying duration)?

Indian cooking basically uses oil from the beginning of the process, typically starting with sautéing ginger and garlic, then adding shallots, chillies and onions. So the oil is on the fire for quite ...
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How do I avoid dry meat and burned masala and rice in biryana?

I have tried to make Biryani several (3, lol) times using this recipe but never got it right. The meat gets too dry, and the masala and rice often get burned. How can I avoid this?
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Correct oven temperature for chicken tikka at home

To make chicken tikka in oven, should I bake at 350c for about 40 min and then broil it on high for 2 min? I don't expect same taste as if it was a tandoor oven, but hoping for something close. ...
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Why tandoori chicken does not dry out despite the high heat

Indian tandoori chicken is cooked in a tandoor oven, with heat reaching 900F. How come the chicken does not dry out? Because of the yogurt marinade?
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How do I make dosas smooth and shiny?

I tried my hand at making dosas for the first time this weekend. I was following this recipe for the dosa batter. I soaked the dal and fenugreek seeds together and the rice by itself. The rice and ...
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Cooking Indian curry with yogurt

So, I've worked with Thai curry before and reviewed the post about "When to prefer yogurt, cream, and coconut milk in an Indian vegetarian dish to make it creamy?" but these seem to be concerned with ...
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How can I prevent a thick layer of tikka marinade on my chicken?

I make chicken tikka on and off and I normally marinade the meat for over 24 hours every time I do it. I notice that, after grilling the chicken it still has a cake-like coating. I have noticed this ...
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What am I missing in my dishes (Indian Cuisine) [closed]

I am rookie in cooking. Whatever i try to cook I am not getting any taste in it it just has the raw taste. I add chilly powder, turmeric powder etc . But I always miss the quantity . May be i think i ...
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Is it normal for the colour of the cooked lentils to change overnight even when they were kept in fridge?

Last night we cooked the lentils in a pressure cooker 20:00. They were on the kitchen shelf for about 3 hours before I put them in fridge. I took them out in the morning at 9:30, and took them to ...
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The next level of spices (Indian cooking)? [duplicate]

Normally Indian dishes are spiced up with chilli, turmeric, coriander and pepper and that seems enough for most cases. However when I go to the supermarket these days, there seem to be too many exotic ...
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Can I use sona masoori rice for making dosa?

I have been trying to make dosa in the US since 6 months & never got the fermented batter. When searched in seasoned advice I found a similar question asked. How to ferment dosa batter? I have ...
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garam masala powder to paste

I am going to make chicken saag. I have bought garam masala powder but my recipe says that I need 5ml of garam masala paste. Can someone tell me how do I convert garam masala powder to a paste?
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how long to leave the sliced onion mixed with salt/pepper for onion Bhaji/onion fritters/onion pakoras?

How long should we leave the sliced onion mixed with salt and red chillies/green chillies, for them to be used for onion fritters/onion bhaji/onion Pakoras with gram flour? Suggested time is usually ...
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Why does fat make chapati/parathas/pooris remain soft?

I want chapati and parathas (same dough is used for both) to remain very soft for a long time. I originally asked in the comments here: Why doesn't my whole wheat dough pass the Poke Test? and ...
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How to make chapattis round and of same thickness?

I have tried making Chapatis many times. I can make dough for Chapati very well, but I am failing when it comes to structure of the roti/chapati. I make two mistakes: When I try to flatten it, one ...
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Can I swap sabji Masala for Tandoori Masala in this recipe?

thought I'd ask more experienced cooks on their advice for this recipe. Found it a while back on a Suhana sabji masala box. I made it and turned out fantastic. I want to make it again but I have all ...
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Toasting spices with and without oil

After heading to my trusty Indian market yesterday I was speaking with the owner about how awful fenugreek seeds are uncooked. He suggested (with black mustard seeds and cumin seeds) to throw them in ...
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Urad dal used whole in thoran/rasam - how to correctly prepare?

South indian recipes often seem to call for adding dry/rinsed raw urad dal (or even bigger pulses) straight into the oil with the spices at the beginning, or adding them into a tadka that is added ...
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Substituting white flour for maida in making Indian samosas

Indian recipes call for using Maida or All-purpose flour in making samosa. Disregarding for a second the difference between the two (as discussed in here - Difference between Maida and All purpose ...
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Why is garam masala in many curry paste/powder recipes?

Garam masala, of course, is a blend of warming spices. However, many of those spices are listed individually in recipes for curry pastes and powders that also call for garam masala. Since most garam ...
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Sugar in Indian curries?

I've seen that sugar is used to balance out other flavors in a dish. I was just wondering if I could add a little sugar to a spicy curry(chicken curry, for example). Would that take away the authentic ...
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Secret to takeaway curry

It's become something of a quest for me to find a curry recipe that tastes like the curry you get from an Indian Takeaway. I'm getting close with the consistency, but can't get the taste right. I ...